Summer is Going by too Fast


One more blog down, and one more to go. This week has been another great week with the camp kids. We had a small group of bright students come down from Cresson Elementary in the town of Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek is a small town about 30 minutes south of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO), and since they were closer we had more time for activities.

This week we’ve had more free time to get to know each other better, and learn more fun facts about the Fossil Beds. The campers got to receive a tour from the great granddaughter of Adeline Hornbeck, who has a homestead on the monument. The campers were eager to ask her questions about the life of her great grandmother, and continued to talk about her for the rest of the day. They have been the first group to complete their Junior Ranger book before the end of the week, so were able to go on more hikes, explore more of the visitor center, watch the education movie about the Fossil Beds, and play more games.

I had a site visit from Tangy Wiseman, another LHIP intern at the Intermountain Regional Offices in Denver, Colorado, who came down to FLFO. Her help was great! The campers enjoyed meeting different people in the park system. From what they know, all National Park Service workers are park rangers and do interpretation work, but they got to meet our Acting Superintendent, who was in law enforcement at a different site, and now meeting Tangy who does office work. We got to go to the Fossil Quarry where we all scored some fossils, then afterwards we hiked around the park until it was time to go home.

Next week will be my last week working as a LHIP intern at FLFO. It will be a more bitter than sweet moment to leave this little piece of paradise. Thanks for reading!

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